JIM WEIDER'S ProJECT PERCoLAToR Live at Revolution Hall on 2005-04-28
Subject: Master of the Telecaster
PERCOLATOR -- Jim Weider Percolator While prog rock and neo-Baroque shred are still highly abundant these days, quality straight-ahead instrumental rock seems to be in shorter supply. With Percolator, though, Jim Weiderthe Telecaster devotee and sideman par excellenceseems on a mission to breath new life into the genre pioneered by Jeff Beck and other singer-less rockers. Sure, there are welcome traces of outside musical styles on Weiders new disca sprig of fusion here, a snippet of hip hop there, a mandatory funk breakdown over yonderbut the fat-crackin snare drum, all-engulfing B-3 swells, warm glow-bottle guitar tones, compelling riffs, and other timeless elements of straight-up rock refuse to be diluted by any eclecticisms from the outside. The compositions are rich, layered, and complex, and the mix is superb. Weider, who is perhaps best known for being Robbie Robertsons replacement in the re-launch of The Band, never succumbs to the temptation every instrumental rocker facesthe near-irresistible urge to weigh songs down with indulgent overdubbing. Sure, a couple of vamps drift dangerously close to the soothing, but fully un-rocking territory we call smooth jazz (lets face ita rock record can only be so edgy without a singer up front spittin from the gut) but, in general, this disc kicks. Youll be proud to bump Percolator (which features guest virtuosos such as Sid McGinnis, John Medeski, Rodney Holmes, and Tony Levin) through your favorite pair of woofers. Moon Haw. Jude Gold
This band is a must see to appreciate!!!!!
Subject: Cream of the crop!
Far from being just another ego maniac guitar god,Jim knows his axe like it was his soul mate and he treats it just the same, showing the ultimate passion and respect for the different moods he asks it to relay. Drummer Randy Ciarlante,2nd guitar Jesse Gress,& bassman Daniel Grimsland,& percussion Carlos Valdez round off what can only be described as "Sonic Lightening"... Catch them when you can,you can't miss!!
Subject: Jim Weider Band II,,,Percolator
is a step far from his traditional work; fusion/groove music that is super. Jim has channeled all hsi musical influences,,but em all together and take this project to the top of the mountain! Brilliant work,,the player is only concerned about a great moment. When you listen to Jim play this new stuff,,moments to hours are not enough! A definite 10+!!
Subject: Excellent show and recording
The Jim Weider Band plays instrumental fusion style music. They do a fantastic cover of Jeff Beck's "Come Dancing". This show is well worth taking a listen.
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